Zonta Locust Street Gardens
History of our Environment Project - Locust Street Park:
In 1994, the Biennium project encouraged clubs to start an environment project in their community.
The Zonta Club of Lockport, New York, Inc. approached the City of Lockport and asked
if we might be able to adopt one of Ida Fritz's gardens which had been neglected
after she was no longer able to care for them.
We adopted the Locust Street Park in the spring of 1995 and eight Zontians
began resurrecting her two flower beds. The original 8 Zontians who started
volunteering at Locust Street park in 1995 are:
Alice Hall, original Chair until 1998
Charlene Bower, became Chair 1998
Charlene, Carol, Lorraine and Sandra are still involved, maintaining the gardens today.
In 1996, we then approached other service organizations to join us
and adopt other locations around the City.
There are now 29 parks and green spaces adopted and being cared for
by several local individuals and service organizations.
In 2021, the Zonta Club was awarded a Grant from the Niagara Bridge Commission, sponsored by Taren LaGamba of the Historic Parks, to replace the deteriorated wooden boarders.
Chris Landry, Parks Superintendent of the City of Lockport, graciously provided his staff to install it for us as well as upgrading the edging at the West Avenue Welcome Sign.
Charlene Bower and Karen Rahill
cleaning up and putting final touch's on
Locust Street Park for it's winter rest
Fall Garden Clean Up in front of the still blooming (and rare)
monkshood which were too beautiful to cut back yet.
Brenda Ulrich, Carol Spedding, Donna Ghodbane & Donna Kleinhans
Charlene Bower, Renee Holly-Eberhard &
Renee's granddaughter, Ashlynn Eberhard
A wonderful picture of a monarch
butterfly enjoying the beautiful gardens
Renee Holly-Eberhard &
her granddaughter, Ashlynn Eberhard
Ashlynn Eberhard, granddaughter of Zontian
City of Lockport Common Council presents
new signs to four local gardens.
The Zonta Club of Lockport gardens
were one of the recipients.
Daffodils - Center Bed
Alice Hall and Charlene Bower
Creating the edging for the flower beds
Christa Caldwell (former Zontian), Alice Hall and Carol Spedding
Thea Brandt (former Zontian)
Dorothy Webster tending the Locust Street Garden.
Dorothy was one of the original 8 members who began caring for this garden back in 1995.